Main point summary
I lift up my eyes to You, O Lord, come therefore and have mercy on us. Have mercy on us because we suffer the contempt of the proud.
Unto You I lift up my eyes ,
I lift up my eyes to You, Lord,
O You who dwell in the heavens.
that is to You who dwells sovereignly in the heavens.
Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters,
Just as in the manner of servants that set their eyes in need on the help of their masters,
As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,
and as a maid sets her eye in knowledge of dependency on her mistress,
So our eyes look to the Lord our God,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God,
Until He has mercy on us.
until He shows mercy to us.
Have mercy on us,
Therefore, have mercy on us,
O Lord , have mercy on us!
O Lord, have mercy on us!
For we are exceedingly filled with contempt .
Because despite filled us exceedingly.
Our soul is exceedingly filled With the scorn of those who are at ease,
That is, our soul is overwhelmed with the disdain of those who think themselves great by disrespecting everybody else,
With the contempt of the proud.
that is, with the despite of those who are of a puffed up mind.
In Israels oppression they looked for God to have mercy on them. What we look at affects our situation greatly. If we look to the Lord for help, then hope rises. But if we focus on the difficulty, then things seem hopeless. A prayer of repentance shaped by some points of this Psalm I'm looking to You, my Lord, till Your mercy is on me. Lord, I confess that I have said things and acted as one who is at ease and proud. It happens sometimes unknowingly in my weakness, but that fact doesn't bring rest to my soul. If it were only me who would suffer from my selfish actions, Lord, then it would be right. But, my God, others are affected when I act selfishly. I am looking to You and pray that the peace of Christ's finished work may liberate me from guilt feelings. Thank You Father, that Christ bore the just punishment I deserve. Thank You that my sins are taken from me. Thank You that He rose form the dead. Thank You for new life in Him. Once again I realize that in me, that is in my "selfish me", is no good thing, but thank You for a "self-giving me" in Christ and the resources to live a God-honoring life in the Spirit. I am weak and needy Lord. I need You desperately and at all times. Help for Your own names sake and the good of the people around me. Amen.